Maximum Fighting Weighs In with New Policies

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(MFC PRESS RELEASE)

Always an organization at the forefront of change and new ideas, the Maximum Fighting Championship is pleased to announce and confirm three key new procedures.

The most significant new procedure revolves around regulations for title belt matchups and how they relate to weigh-ins. No longer is a title fight immediately relegated to non-title status if one of the fighters fails to make weight.

Listed below are the newly adopted criteria:

Title Fight with a reigning/defending champion

If the champion fails to make weight:

*SCENARIO 1 – The champion vacates the title immediately. The fight remains a five-round contest. If the vacated champion wins the fight, the Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to automatically consider him the No. 1 contender for the next title fight in that weight class. The Maximum Fighting Championship also holds an option to make an immediate rematch.

* SCENARIO 2 – The champion vacates the title immediately. The fight remains a five-round contest. If the challenger wins the fight, the challenger becomes the MFC champion. The Maximum Fighting Championship holds an option to make an immediate rematch.

If the challenger fails to make weight:

*The champion automatically retains the belt. A non-title fight takes place and the Maximum Fighting Championship solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. If the challenger wins the bout, the Maximum Fighting Championship holds an option to make a future rematch.

If both fighters fail to make weight:

*The champion vacates the title immediately. A non-title fight takes place and the Maximum Fighting Championship solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. The Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to consider the winner of the bout as the No. 1 contender for the next title fight in that weight class. The Maximum Fighting Championship also holds an option to make future rematch.

 

Title Fight with a vacant championship

If one fighter fails to make weight:

*The fight remains a five-round contest. If the fighter who made weight wins the bout, he becomes the MFC champion of that weight class. If the fighter who failed to make weight wins the bout, that fighter does not claim the title, and the Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to make him the No. 1 contender and/or to make an immediate rematch.

If both fighters fail to make weight:

*A non-title bout takes place and the Maximum Fighting Championship solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. The Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to make a future rematch.

 

Of utmost concern is fighter safety when dealing with weight cutting issues, and these changes will also allow for more title fights to stay on course.

“Obviously this has been a situation that has come up a handful of times, namely when Mukai Maromo fought Adam Lynn at MFC 34,” noted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

“This new criteria is a way for the fighter who made weight to continue in his quest for the title belt and not be punished for doing everything he was supposed to. It’s important to our organization, our fighters, and our fans that title fights happen with as much excitement as possible, and I hope this endeavor goes a long way as a fail-safe.”

 

Another new procedure, although not yet finalized, has to do with the weigh-in itself:

Weigh-In Policy

*Currently at the official weigh-in, the policy dictated is a “one-shot deal” whereas the fighter steps on the scale, and the weight at that time is considered his official weight.

*The Maximum Fighting Championship is lobbying the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission to impose a new directive that will allow a fighter to have no more than 2 hours to make weight again. Meaning that since the MFC weigh-in starts at 12:30 p.m., the fighter will have until 2 hours past his time of weighing in to make the contracted weight (ex. main-event fighter weighs in last at 12:55 p.m., he then has until 2:55 p.m. to make weight). The “second attempt” weigh-in will be held under the supervision of the ECSC, the MFC, and both fighters’ representatives.

*If a fighter does not make weight at the initial official weigh-in, he is currently fined 20% of his purse. If the fighter fails to make the contracted weight at the “second attempt” weigh-in, the fighter will be fined an additional 10% for a total of 30%. All deducted money goes to the opponent who made weight.

*If both fighters do not make the contracted weight at the initial official weigh-in, the Maximum Fighting Championship solely retains the discretion to automatically set the fight at a catchweight (neither fighter is fined and neither fighter has a “second attempt” weigh-in) or have both fighters come back in 2 hours for a “second attempt” weigh-in. The Maximum Fighting Championship may set a “second attempt” weigh-in and a target weight to be reached if it deems one or both of the fighters to be substantially over the contracted weight. If a “second attempt” weigh-in is conducted and one fighter fails to make weight or a targeted weight, that fighter will be fined 20% of his purse with the money going to his opponent. If both fighters fail on their “second attempt” then both fighters will be fined 20% of their respective purses and the fight will be set at a catchweight. Any money from fines received in this scenario will be donated to the MFC’s charity of choice (currently Branch Out Foundation).

 

The final new procedure will be formally introduced by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission at MFC 35:

Drug Testing Policy

*As previously noted on the MFC website, the Maximum Fighting Championship and the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission will be working in conjunction on random drug testing beginning at MFC 35 on Friday, Oct. 26. The Commission will select up to 6 fighters from the entire card and those fighters must provide a urine sample in the locker room after their bout. The MFC and the fighters’ representatives will be notified of those results. If a winning fighter posts positive test results, the win on his record will be officially changed to a “no-contest.” The Commission, not the Maximum Fighting Championship, is responsible for determining any suspension and/or fine.

20 Responses to “ Maximum Fighting Weighs In with New Policies ”

  1. Edmonton Stud says:

    Great leadership for the business and excellent work to all involved.
    MFC takes a lot of flack for some of their antics but this type of leadership will help their cause.

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  2. idolmaker says:

    If a tree falls in a forest…

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  3. Joe Doerksen says:

    I’ve only been to a few MFC shows as a corner man. Here’s my thoughts on the weight thing.
    If the fighter has access to official scale the morning of weigh ins, it would reduce the risk of fighter not making weight.

    Every time I was with a fighter competing for that show, the promoter showed no concern and made no effort to help the athletes get access to official scale, or even a facility where they could work out or get into a sauna.

    They were literally on their own from the moment the arrived at hotel. Find your own gym or sauna, and get your own ride to and from hotel. Certainly not something you’d expect to happen when you hear them talk about how they’re the best show in the country.

    To be fair, the promoter has never actually fought, cut weight, or done anything else a fighter has to do. This problem is probably caused by ignorance or incompetence, more than anything else.

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  4. Darren Owen says:

    It looks as if we can officially add “Edmonton Stud” to the long list of MFC screen names. FYI if you don’t want people to know it’s you, you really need to stop using the term “Bush League” you’re just giving yourself away.

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  5. Joe Doerksen says:

    It’s ok Darren, everyone was already thinking the same thing. My feelins are that when he’s making an ass of himself, don’t interrupt. Way more fun that way.

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  6. Slim says:

    I think it’s a little different now, I corned in 2 MFC events and the hotel we were put up in did have a sauna+weight room that was made available to all fighters and they did have a scale that was official or was calibrated to the same as the official scale.

    Not that I’m a supporter of MFC, Mark and his lackey son are complete tools, but things have changed a little.

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  7. Donald Duck says:

    Have to agree with Slim. Its been quite a few years since I was near an MFC weigh in (coaching or otherwise) but we were always given access to saunas and the official scale. One time when it looked like our guy would be cutting in the same sauna as his opponent (which he was uncomfortable with) we were given very detailed directions to an alternate location.

    Sad so see that things have slid and that rules like this have to be written. In the good ole days ‘shame’ was the biggest motivator a fighter had when it came to making weight.

    Donnie

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  8. Cody Rempel says:

    Can we make this retroactive to August 10th and give Mukai his belt? lol

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  9. Joe Doerksen says:

    For the sake of the fighters, I’m happy to hear things are improving.

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  10. If the champion misses weight and is stripped of the title and the challenger wins, why would you even consider a rematch?

    Even if the ex-champ wins the fight, why give him the title fight as #1 contender and expect him to make weight next time?

    Agree with @Cody Rempel, Mukai Maromo deserves the Lightweight title.

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  11. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    I thought “MMAPolice” was Mark and “Edmonton Stud” was Dave?

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  12. mike kent says:

    mukai should be champion , that was a epic career difining perforfance , one of the best tkos ive ever seen live

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  13. MFCRocks says:

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  14. LoL says:

    Trust me, I don’t think anyone wants to be Perv,I mean Pav,I mean fake tan wanna be living plastic Ken Doll!

    LoL

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  15. LoL says:

    I mean the guy wears more make up than a Drag Queen @ the Miss Drag Universe Pagent !

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  16. Robin Black says:

    What’s wrong with wearin make-up??

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  17. LoL says:

    LoL, I was waiting for that! Hahahaha! Love ya Robin!

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  18. K. RASMUS says:

    Every fighter should have mandatory after fight drug tests . There’s too many cheaters looking for some extra advantage and energy .

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  19. jamon says:

    Oh the Pavelich police are out again, Has AFC made any positive fighter moves? like buying 3/4 plywood for there cage instead of 3/8s? Joe Deork comes off as bitter and punch drunk, AFC is delusional if they think there a national company

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  20. Donald Duck says:

    Doerk-Sen.

    His name is Joseph.

    Joseph Doerksen.

    Please don’t be sloppy with names.

    Donnie.

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